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  • The Gas Industry
    South Africa
    17 September 2018
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    With domestic consumption of 4.5 billion cubic metres (bcm) in 2017, natural gas currently constitutes little more than 3.2% of the nation’s primary energy supply. Recent statistics show that the consumption of natural gas in South Africa contracted by 2.3% year-on-year in 2017. Although the Department of Energy has identified the harnessing of conventional and unconventional forms of gas as a strategic imperative, stakeholders report that South Africa’s uptake of gas continues to be constrained by the country’s relatively underdeveloped gas transmission and storage infrastructure. However, gas forms an important part of the country’s future energy mix. In terms of the new Integrated Resources Plan, the installed capacity of natural gas is expected to increase to 11,930 megawatts (MW), or 16% of total installed capacity, by 2030.
  • Real Estate Activities
    South Africa
    06 September 2018
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    This report focuses on the real estate industry which comprises commercial, industrial and residential properties, as well as property valuation and bond origination. The real estate sector contributed 5.6% to GDP, based on 2016 data. The South African listed-property sector is worth about R500bn with about 46% of the value of the sector reflecting investment in overseas markets. The real estate sector’s performance largely depends on economic drivers and has been challenged by slow economic growth during the past few years. In spite of this, the number of principal estate agents registered with the Estate Agency Affairs Board grew by 4.8% from 2016 to 2017. Property development is not showing signs of slowing down, but developers are struggling to increase occupancy rates due to oversupply.
  • Travel and Tourism: Travel Agencies, Tour Operators and Related Services
    South Africa
    31 August 2018
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    The direct contribution of travel and tourism to South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was R136.1bn, or 2.9% in 2017. Including indirect benefits, its contribution was 8.9%. Travel and tourism investment in South Africa amounted to R71bn, or 8.2% of total investment in the country, while foreign visitor spending and international tourism receipts generated around R126.7bn. Identified as one of the main drivers of employment and economic growth, the industry provided over 4.4% of South Africa’s total workforce in 2016.
  • Preserving and Processing of Fruit and Vegetables
    South Africa
    30 August 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    The fruit and vegetable processing industry is part of the agro-processing sector, an increasingly important contributor to South African employment and the wider economy. The industry's major products include canned fruit, pulps, purées, dried fruit, jams, spreads, fruit juice, canned vegetables and sauces. Estimated total sales of fruit and vegetable preparations, including exports, are between R21bn and R23bn as of 2017. The sector is dominated by large companies, with the largest five accounting for near 50% of total revenue in the industry.
  • Retail and Wholesale Trade of Books and Stationery
    South Africa
    29 August 2018
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    This report focuses on the wholesale and retail trade of reading matter and stationery. Sales of books, newspapers and stationery account for 3.1% of overall retail sales, and this sector is dominated by educational books. The market for books, news, and stationery is expected to record revenue of R39.3bn in 2019.
  • The Film, Gaming and Animation Industry and Renting of Film Equipment
    South Africa
    24 August 2018
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    This report focuses on the film industry as well as the animation and gaming sectors. The South African film and television industry contributed an estimated R5.48bn to the South African GDP in 2016/17, an increase of 5.7% over 2015/16. There were 23 South African films released in 2017 with box office earning of R45.2m, a 35% decline on the previous year. Only 4% of tickets purchased are for locally-made movies. The South African film industry has not shown much growth, with total expenditure decreasing to R4.4bn in 2016/17 from R4.6bn in 2013/14.
  • Manufacture of Furniture
    South Africa
    23 August 2018
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    South African manufacturing sales of furniture at current prices amounted to R16.2bn in 2017, 6.6% higher than in 2016. A total of 2,200 registered companies in the furniture manufacturing sector, employing 26,400 people, contribute about 1% to manufacturing GDP and 1.1% to manufacturing employment. During 2017 South Africa was Africa’s second-largest furniture exporter, with exports reaching R3.9bn.
  • Short Term Insurance including Direct and Travel Insurance
    South Africa
    22 August 2018
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    This report focuses on South Africa’s rapidly evolving short-term insurance industry, which encompasses a broad spectrum of personal and commercial lines, including various types of travel insurance. With gross premium income of R116.7bn in 2016, the short-term, or non-life insurance sub-sector, plays a key role in the financial sector and is an important contributor to economic growth. Short-term insurance companies contributed gross premium income of R108.14bn to the South African economy at the end of September 2017.
  • Mining of Precious Metals and Minerals: Gold and Uranium, Platinum and Diamonds
    South Africa
    13 August 2018
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    Mining’s contribution to the South African economy continues its long term decline. Gold’s contribution to South Africa’s GDP reached a peak of 16.7% in 1980, and had declined to only 1.3% in 2016. Policy and regulatory uncertainty, including the Mining Charter, continue to weigh on the industry and hamper investment decisions. The sector remains constrained by sub-optimal commodity prices, ageing infrastructure and operational and cost challenges brought on by increasing depth of operations and declines in productivity. The stronger rand also influenced the sector in 2017.
  • The Banking Industry
    South Africa
    03 August 2018
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    The South African banking sector which has total assets of R5.14-trillion, remains highly concentrated with the five largest banks holding 91% of total assets as of 31 December 2017. While the country’s big banks dominate, the sector is also diversified with 36 South African banking institutions registered with the Reserve Bank and 30 foreign banks with approved representative offices in South Africa. There are over 6,000 credit providers registered with the National Credit Regulator.
  • Manufacture of Vegetable and Animal Oils and Fat
    South Africa
    02 August 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    The sector, which is dominated by vegetable oils and fats, is increasing production but remains a net importer. The country imported about 930,000 tons of vegetable and oilseed oil in the 2016/17 season including palm oil, soybean oil and sunflower oil, which accounted for 80% of local consumption as production of sunflower, soybeans, canola and groundnuts does not produce sufficient quantities to meet demand. Soybean production is expected to increase by 5% to 1,4 million tons in the 2017/18 marketing year, mainly due to an increase of 35% in area planted. Sunflower seed production is estimated to decrease by 16% to 731,505 tons. While area planted increased 8%, the sector experienced lower yields due to the drought. Forecasts indicate South Africa’s soybean and oilcake (meal) imports could decline by 27% and 17% year-on-year in the 2018/19 marketing year due to increased harvests.
  • State-Owned Corporations
    South Africa
    18 July 2018
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    This report focuses on developments in State-Owned Corporations (SOCs), also known as State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs), which according to the National Treasury had assets of R1,225.2bn in the 2016/17 financial year. The most recent Presidential Review Report indicated that there are more than 700 SOCs, including provincial and municipal entities and 172 national government entities.
  • The Print & Digital Publishing Media Industry
    South Africa
    11 July 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    The media publishing industry includes the publication of a wide spectrum of newspapers, magazines and journals in print and digital format. The domestic media publishing sector remains under pressure, with total revenue generated by the publication of newspapers, magazines and journals in both print and digital format shrinking to approximately R17.5bn in 2017. In the fourth quarter of 2017 Audit Bureau of Circulations of South Africa (ABC) membership comprised 333 newspaper titles, 446 magazine titles and 151 digital titles, a total of 930, down from 952 in the previous quarter.
  • Manufacture of Prepared Animal Feeds and Pet Food
    South Africa
    06 July 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    The proposed draft Animal Feeds and Pet Food Bill, which should have been available for public comment by the end of 2016, was published for comment in 2017 and is expected to be tabled during 2018. Once introduced, the regulation will introduce risk-based principles for animal feed production, fundamentally changing the way the industry operates to ensure sustainably-produced safe feed and food for livestock, pets and people.
  • Air Transport and Airport Ground Handling Services
    South Africa
    29 June 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    Aviation is a key part of the economic lifeblood of South Africa, transporting people and goods across and outside the country, and stimulating economic activity, job creation, tourism and trade. Research indicates that 482,453 aircraft movements, 41.5 million passengers and 110,000 tonnes of cargo contribute approximately R50bn to South African GDP. According to the Department of Transport, South Africa has 135 licensed airports located throughout the country. In this sector, the state-owned South African company, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), oversees 11% of the world’s airspace.
  • Wholesale and Retail of Food
    South Africa
    26 June 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    A precise valuation of the entire wholesale and retail market for foodstuffs is complicated by the fact that the informal sector continues to play a significant role but estimates of its value vary wildly. Recent market surveys indicate an estimated figure of between R42bn and R46bn for the informal food retail market in 2016. In contrast, Pick 'n Pay, citing Nielsen, states that the informal sector accounts for between 30% and 40% of South African food sales and estimates the total market for 2018 is worth more than R800bn. A number of submissions to the Competition Commission, which is currently conducting an inquiry into the Grocery Retail Market, state that South Africa's large retailers hold more than 70% of national market share and some estimates reach as high as 90%.
  • The Clothing Industry
    South Africa
    21 June 2018
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    Data provided by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) indicates that the total value of the country’s Clothing, Textile, Footwear and Leather (CTFL) market exceeds R180bn. However, the domestic clothing manufacturing sector has declined sharply over the past two decades and currently contributes only 3.2% towards the country’s total manufacturing production. The CTFL sector has shed almost 170,000 jobs during the past fifteen years and as at June 2017 the industry provided formal employment to 87,057 people. There are an estimated 800 clothing manufacturers but less than half of these companies are registered with the National Bargaining Council (NBC) for the clothing manufacturing industry. This means a substantial number of companies continue to conduct non-compliant operations.
  • The Market Research Industry
    South Africa
    04 June 2018
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    While the global revenue of the market research industry increased by 2.3% in 2016 to exceed US$44.5bn or approximately R560bn, the African market research industry demonstrated net growth of 22.7%. In the same year, data from the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research (ESOMAR) indicated year-on-year growth of 17.3% for the South African market research industry, signalling an upward growth trend for the first time in five years. Despite micro and small enterprises making up 70% of the domestic sector, they generate only 20% of industry turnover.
  • The Car Rental Industry
    South Africa
    29 May 2018
    R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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    The South African car rental industry grew revenue by 3.6% in 2017 reaching an estimated total of R5.2bn. The industry continued to be driven by business car rental, which accounted for 53% of the value of all sales. The leisure market remains an important sector and during 2017 there was an increase of 16.7% in car rentals by international visitors and a 1.6% growth in local leisure rentals following on from growth of 22% and 12% respectively in the foreign and local leisure segments in the previous year. Statistics provided by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) show that the car rental industry accounted for an estimated 16.0% of new car sales during 2017.
  • The South African Petroleum Industry
    South Africa
    23 May 2018
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    The focus of this detailed report is the manufacture of petroleum products from crude oil and natural gas, as well as the wholesale and retail trade of the products in South Africa. According to the South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA), the fuel sector contributes about 6% to the country’s GDP while supplying some 18% of South Africa’s primary energy needs through annual sales of 27 billion litres of liquid fuels. In 2016 the nine members of the South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA), who are the main manufacturers of petroleum products, had total assets of R125.1bn and made an operating profit of R19bn.

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